Barb Junger. Crazy Coqs and streaming. 4****. William Russell

Theatres are slowly opening and alongside them are cabaret venues like Crazy Coqs at Zedel in London where Barb Junger, the celebrated singer recorded her show of old and new songs by Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen in front of a live audience which is now being streamed worldwide. On screen you get a flavour of what it is like in London’s leading cabaret room. Her songs ranged from Love is a Four Letter Word by way of Dance Me to the End of Love to Hey, that’s no way to say Goodbye. Accompanied by Jenny Carr on the grand piano she held the room in the palm of her hand just as any great theatre performer would in other kinds of theatre. She remarked how someone had said the way she sang the songs which had words that pierce your heart was “not for the faint hearted,” and promptly went on to prove it. The lady, a star of the cabaret scene for something like half a century, ended with a knock them out performance of Cohen’s Hey, that’s not way to say goodbye.
She has a series of tour dates all summer in England. Check them on google.

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